Under-cabinet lighting can make your kitchen feel a bit more homey, especially if you don’t have a chandelier or pendant lighting. Lighting is probably the fastest changing aspect of building right now with the introduction of many new LED fixtures, says Brad Cruickshank, owner of Atlanta-based Cruickshank Remodeling. Under-cabinet LEDs are great, too, he says. “No more flickering fluorescents and no more burning your hand on halogen or xenon lamps,” he says.
When the kitchen is in the center of the house or in a windowless space, place an oversized mirror over the sink to create the illusion of a window, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. This home also uses furniture in the kitchen for storage, instead of another row of built-in cabinets.
A neutral retaining wall moves with the shape of the land creating privacy while still maintaining a connection to the surrounding land. The blue water shines against smooth patio, natural stone texture and pebbled sections. The natural tones mimic the distance mountains for a cohesive look blending natural with manmade.
White waterfall edge countertops give this kitchen a sleek, modern look. Two doorways flanking the cooking area lead to a walk-through butler's pantry. Chrome base barstools keep with the minimalistic design aesthetic.
Brass hardware gives this white, streamlined kitchen a dose of warmth and classic style. The island features a top with a modern waterfall edge, and acrylic barstools all but disappear in the space. A nook off the kitchen serves as a compact home office.
This sleek and contemporary kitchen features a sliding glass wall that opens onto an al fresco dining area by the ocean. Finishes are neutral, allowing the view to provide the color for the space. The white marble countertop has a waterfall edge, echoing the clean, modern lines throughout the space.
Developed specifically for countertops, Granicrete has the great modern look of concrete, but is seamless and is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation as being bacteria-proof and stain-proof. The waterfall edge here creates an especially sleek look, without the weight and cost of poured concrete.
White ceilings and walls brighten this open space to give it an airy feel. The bar area boasts a navy blue waterfall edge countertop that both anchors and defines that space. Light wood floors unify the separate living spaces.
A custom baking station is a keynote feature in the new kitchen design that incorporates a generous amount of open shelving in a ceruse finish. The prep counter is clad in butcher-block countertop and a continuous waterfall edge wrapping. Cabinet hardware and drawer pulls are polished nickel.
Frosted glass and black, flat panel upper cabinets give this bar a chic contemporary look. Leather barstools with chrome bases fit snuggly underneath the waterfall edge countertop, making the space look like it belongs in a supremely stylish, high-end downtown bar.
Designed to emphasize the natural beauty of its vineyard setting, this kitchen shows its architects' dedication to using materials that are not only beautiful and durable, but that make a low ecological impact. The kitchen countertops are Red Ironbark timber with a clear sealant and waterfall edges.
An open floor plan and open stairway allow this modern cabin to feel cohesive and fluent. The kitchen's custom concrete countertops have a waterfall edge and a low profile, allowing users to enjoy the wooded Alaskan views from different spots in the home.
The navy blue waterfall edge countertop frames the beautiful blue-and-white hand-stamped tile on the bar. Wooden barstools with nailhead details have a modern Moroccan look that enhances the Mediterranean-inspired style of this bar area. A stone accent wall adds texture and interest to break-up the all-white walls and ceilings.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, homeowners Kari Camelio and Rebecca Donohue completely renovated the kitchen in their Reseda, California home to create a light and airy flow from the kitchen to the breakfast bar.